Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
The romance genre in anime truly never disappoints! In 2019, a flock of mushy shows took flight to enamor my heart. For that reason, my heart has become so full that there’s absolutely no stopping it from spilling the saccharine bounty of love.
I’m here to share the five romance shows that earnestly highlighted the essence of love in 2019. All I can say is that these shows can replace nightmares with dreams, worries with joy, and fears with love. Be prepared because you’re in for an enchanting experience!
The 5 Best Romance Anime of 2019
- Fruits Basket (2019)
- High Score Girl II
- Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 (Skilled Teaser Takagi-san 2)
1. Fruits Basket (2019)
In this reboot of 2001's profusely heart-warming and heart-wrenching anime series Fruits Basket, we follow the life of a cheerful and innocent orphaned teenage girl as she braves through life and love alongside an odd family with unpretentious troubles and harrowing pasts.
With a quick look, Fruits Basket may seem like it's a full-blown romance/reverse harem anime, but it's actually not. This anime is in reality a lofty blend of the romance, drama, and shoujo genres. While romantic love is not its main focus, slowly but surely it builds to that moment, tackling and assimilating the other forms of love (unconditional, familiar, affectionate, etc…) along the way.
I’m genuinely happy about this reboot of Fruits Basket. It’s fascinating how this show stays true to its essence despite all its revamps and refinements. I love how it touches the heart and soul. This is emphatically one of 2019’s anime that you should take with you in your memories as you journey onward through life.
There's no arguing that Given is one of 2019's most overlooked anime. After all, it's tagged not only as a romance anime, but also a shounen ai anime.
The times have changed and there's no denying of our progress; it's sad though that diving into a show such as Given still requires some open-mindedness. I'm glad I dove right in!
Given is a story of discovery, redemption, and pure love. It's a slow burn self-realization love story that uses music as a medium to tug at the heartstrings. It's surprising how realistic and ardent this show is. Love is love regardless of all its nuances. In the end, being happy, gracious, and contented in love is what truly matters.
3. High Score Girl II
2019 has blessed us with the much-awaited sequel of High Score Girl—High Score Girl II! This show may be woefully underrated, but if you’ve been following it since 2018, this sequel will take you to even greater heights in terms of nostalgia and love.
Young love is terribly sweet, albeit not without any chance of bitterness. Bittersweet should be the right term. In this tale of young love that outright communicates through 90’s fighting video games, there’s a hulking sense of sentimentality. It drags you right in, forcefully trying to make you submit to love.
When it comes to love, multiple stages of varying difficulties exist. It’s not enough to pass only a single stage. We must always fight for a better ending! This is the salient message that High Score Girl is trying to relay. And in High Score Girl II, it’s all or nothing; we’re in the endgame!
4. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
“Love is war...and the one who falls in love loses!” This is a ludicrous story of pride and love. Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane may both be standing at the top of the student body, shimmering with talent and grace, but none of them are immune to romantic love! This is their awkward tale of love. Will they be able to resist their feelings?
I find it mind-boggling that Kaguya-sama: Love is War dawned upon me late, thinking that it was just another romantic comedy. Turns out, it’s actually the best romance anime of 2019. It instantly became a favorite of mine.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War is chock-full of wholesome fun and romance. Sure, it follows the ubiquitous path of most successful romantic comedy anime shows, but there's something novel and catchy about it. It appears to be episodic in nature, but it's clear that it has a definitive goal. Well, this show just proves that all is indeed fair in love and war.
5. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 (Skilled Teaser Takagi-san 2)
I've been an avid follower of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san since 2018 and it has never failed in making me blush. Even in 2019, with its 2nd season and all, it continued to make my heart go doki-doki and flabbergast me with cute moments of innocent love.
Takagi-san and Nishikata are among the cutest couples I've ever seen in anime history. Their interactions are always fun, teasy, and cute. I totally support this ship!
It's rare to see romance shows that are unobtrusive, sheepish, and completely wholesome. With Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, you know the romance is there, but it's shown in a profoundly innocent and refreshing way. It's an endless tease towards true and fulfilling love. Just like its first season, the second season of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is worth every embarrassed blush and skipped beat of the heart.
Victoria Greywing from Limassol, Cyprus on September 04, 2020:
That's awesome! I have just watched a Fruits Basket (new version) and it is wonderful. Thanks for this list, now I know what I want to watch next.